Manitoba Harvest has been a pioneer in the world of hemp. They were the first to release a water soluble hemp protein concentrate that didn’t leave a gritty or sandy taste behind. And they’ve since added several more options, from higher fiber to gently sweetened flavors. In 2020, they also rebranded their entire hemp product line as Hemp Yeah!
Hemp Yeah! is still Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder
As a heads up, these hemp protein powders should be used raw. Heating them may destroy some of those wonderful Omega3 fatty acids. They should be fine when added to your morning hot cereal once cooked. However, avoid adding these hemp protein powders to anything before they head to the stove or oven.
I had the opportunity to taste-test a range of Manitoba Harvest hemp protein powders, and was quite surprised at the different tastes and virtues they each possessed. They are all pretty basic, made simply from hemp seeds, but as you can see by looking at the pictures, these are completely different products. (Please note that my pictures show their old packaging and branding, but the product inside is the same!)
Hemp Yeah Max Protein (formerly Hemp Pro 70 (70% protein))
This wonder hemp protein concentrate really does perform as advertised. To taste this is the naturally “sweetest” of the three flagship hemp protein powders. I put that in quotes, as this isn’t a sugary protein powder mix, it is just the hemp and natural plant extracts. But it wasn’t bitter, as I had expected. In fact, the flavor melded nicely in my smoothies rather than overwhelming in any way. Also, it was palatable on its own, just shaken with water.
As for the texture, there is no dominating grit, just a nice smooth powder that really does blend in! I have been taste-testing quite a few protein powders lately, and this is one of my favorites. It even has a better feel and taste than brown rice protein, which tends to be very thick and powdery.
Beyond smoothies, I thought the Max Protein worked wonderfully as a healthy thickener in salad dressings. It changes the taste slightly, but the consistency is virtually seamless.
Hemp Yeah Balanced Protein + Fiber (formerly Hemp Pro 50 (50% protein))
Though it’s the middle of the pack in terms of protein content, this version was the grittiest of the three primary hemp protein powders. I still didn’t find it off-putting, but it won’t be as soluble in water (or dressings). It was the second in line in sweetness, with the hemp seed flavor creeping in just a little more. Less protein, rougher texture, not as sweet … You might be wondering, why would anyone choose this over the Max Protein?
The lower protein in the Balanced Protein Powder is offset with some extra fiber. According to the company, it also has a higher ratio of Omega3 fatty acids, and is cold-milled – a process that some people may prefer.
Hemp Yeah! Max Fiber (formerly Organic Hemp Pro Fiber)
The name of this one pretty much gives away its core benefits. It’s certified organic and higher in fiber (13 grams per serving!). Surprisingly, this protein powder is in the middle ground in terms of texture. It’s finer than the Balanced, but just a bit coarser than the Max Protein. However, of the three base hemp protein powders, it tastes the most genuinely like hemp seeds.
Again, it is perfect for smoothies. But due to the seedier taste and lack of solubility, it won’t perform as well when simply mixed with water or milk beverage. Nonetheless, it will probably still work nicely as a thickener in things such as salad dressings.
Hemp Yeah! Organic Vanilla
Curious, I tasted just a bit of this protein powder straight. It was actually quite pleasant; lightly sweet, nutty, and gently vanilla in flavor.
I tested it first just mixed with milk beverage. Unfortunately, it failed to mix in well, quickly sinking to the bottom of my beverage after each stir. The flavor was good, but I really couldn’t taste the vanilla as much as I wanted.
On the second go, I went the smoothie route. Jackpot! I blended 1 frozen banana (broken into chunks) with ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk and ¼ cup of the vanilla protein powder. It was a delicious post-workout reward with a great recovery ration (4 carbs to 1 protein). The banana actually helped to enhance the vanilla flavor and assisted with distributing the hemp powder.
Hemp Yeah! Organic Chocolate
When tasted straight, the dark chocolate and hemp flavors in this protein powder didn’t quite meld, but in smoothie form, they were excellent. I followed my basic smoothie formula above, but used unsweetened coconut milk beverage instead of almond milk.
The beverage had a very nice, gentle chocolate flavor that was indeed on the dark chocolate side, but did not overwhelm. It was slightly sweet, but not too sweet, making it an excellent post workout drink. I don’t know about you, but my taste buds tend to be more sensitive after a good bout of exercise. If I were craving a sweeter shake, then I would blend in 1 softened date.
Like the vanilla, there was that slight granular consistency, but it was very mild in the smoothie, and to be expected with natural hemp protein powders. This variety was my husband’s top pick, but it may have helped that he cocoa masked the green color.
The Facts on Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Hemp Protein Powders
Price: $14.49 to $18.99 per 1-lb container (other sizes available)
Certifications: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Hemp Protein Powders are Non-GMO Verified and Certified Kosher Parve. Select varieties are Certified Organic.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Hemp Protein Powders are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Select varieties are paleo.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Manitoba Harvest website at manitobaharvest.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
I took a pinch of hempyeah last night and got the most sick I’ve ever been in my life. 10/10 do not recommend.
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My son is very allergic to peas. Does the pro 70 or any of the Manitoba harvest use any form of pea flour
Hi Paulette, I don’t believe it does, but you should check with the company directly. You can use the links in this review to head straight to their site for ingredients and info!
I would like to use the hemp hearts but nead to know if they are gluten free
Hemp seeds are naturally gluten-free. You will need to contact the company directly to find out if there is cross-contamination potential.
Hi Alisa, did you find out if Manitoba Harvest is gluten free or not?
Their product is gluten-free, but it seems they don’t make a gluten-free claim anymore for this reason: http://gfalert.blogspot.com/2012/01/manitoba-harvest-no-longer-labelled.html
I am on the lookout for high protein foods/powders (as natural as possible), but always have second thoughts on any sort of powders. I constantly try to eat whole foods (and as natural and fresh as possible). I have been working out for over a year without taking any sort of protein powders, and as a reason I constantly feel like I might be missing an important part of my nutrition. What are your thoughts?
Is there anyway of knowing details of the process Manitoba Harvest (or anyone else) uses to make their protein powders?
Hi Dhruva, are you vegan or vegetarian? I personally don’t have a big need for protein powders, and rarely use them, but many people who read Go Dairy Free depend on them. Each company should be able to tell you more about their processes – don’t hesitate to ask them directly!
I purchased Manitoba Harvest Certified Organic Hemp Protein Vanilla. I love the taste of the smoothies I made with the powder, but it left me bloated with stomach cramps. When I purchased the powder I read the label and didn’t see any gluten in the product, but after two days of using the protein powder, I know that I definitely can’t use it any more. I learned two years ago that I had a gluten sensitivity and have followed a gluten free diet.
I just wanted to reach out on an important matter which is that as much as I love and support Manitoba Harvest- they are not Gluten Free and have made a public statement as to why that is. Thanks!!
Hi Leah, thanks so much for the concern. I will ask Manitoba to comment here directly. Their products are made at a hemp dedicated facility that does NOT process any dairy, soy, nut or gluten products. They do not label as gluten-free out of concern for cross-contamination. At least that is my understanding! We’ll be updating these reviews soon, and the gluten-free will no longer be in the header to help avoid confusion. I really appreciate you being so vigilent with respect to cross-contamination issues! It is great to see people who are taking initiative on understanding where their food comes from!